FAQ

Patient safety in today’s environment of infectious disease is of paramount importance. We share your concern about disease transmission. We are proud of our continuing efforts to maintain the highest level of care to protect our patients.

Our standard protocol of infection control for every patient consists of the following procedures:

Hand scrubbing before and after each appointment with a special antibacterial soap.
Wearing disposable gloves which are changed before each patient.
Wearing masks to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.
Sterilizing and sealing all instruments. We continuously autoclave (steam sterilize) all instruments including most plastics.
Utilizing a third party service to monitor and assure the effectiveness of the autoclave.
Using disposable products when possible to prevent cross infection.
Disinfecting and covering surfaces with plastic or latex barriers between each patient.
Vaccinating all treatment staff for the prevention of Hepatitis B.
Modern equipment employing the latest in anti-siphoning technology to prevent water line contamination.
Meeting or exceeding government standards for infection control.
Disposing of biomedical waste and sharps through an approved biohazard disposal company to minimize the potential for human contact and adverse impact to the environment.
Feel free to ask us about any of these measures we take for your safety.

Please advise us if you have a latex sensitivity. We will utilize latex free products including gloves to prevent a reaction.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease and also places and maintains dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school.

By choosing a specialist you will benefit from the latest procedures for treating periodontal disease and placing dental implants tailored to your needs. In addition, they can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help you achieve the smile you desire.

An implant evaluation can require up to one hour. If needed, dental films and study models are obtained. A Panorex radiograph is often taken to provide a greater viewing area than conventional dental films. When necessary, Dr. Cataldo will recommend a CT scan. He then uses a highly-sophisticated computer program called Simplant. Simplant allows Dr. Cataldo to analyze CT scan data directly on the computer in 3-D and simulate implant placement before any treatment takes place. If possible, treatment recommendations, number of visits, fees and time requirements will be discussed at this visit.

When a selective exam is performed, your visit will last up to 30 minutes. Dr. Cataldo will thoroughly evaluate the area requested by your referring dentist as well as adjacent areas of your mouth which may affect his treatment recommendations. He will also perform an overall screening exam for periodontal disease. Treatment suggestions will be made at this visit.

For a comprehensive exam, your visit will last approximately 45 minutes. Using an interactive approach, we will review your dental history, individual concerns, and goals of treatment. We will then proceed with a comprehensive periodontal examination, which includes but is not limited to the following:

TMJ (jaw joint)
Oral cancer
Periodontal pockets
Tooth mobility
Gum recession
Level and type of gum inflammation (infection)
Occlusion (bite)
Missing and malposed teeth
Cosmetic concerns
When a comprehensive exam is performed, Dr. Cataldo will then review the conditions in your mouth and recommended treatment. He will also discuss the risks of leaving the conditions untreated. He will outline the number of visits necessary, fees and time involved in treatment.

By thoroughly educating our patients, they are in the best position to understand the necessity and type of treatment. We strongly encourage patients to bring a spouse, friend, relative, or significant other to the treatment conference.

As a patient centered practice, we strongly believe in individualized care. Accordingly, we have three types of examination to meet your needs:

  • Comprehensive
  • Selective
  • Implant evaluation
  • The type of examination will depend on your needs as determined by your referring dentist. If self-referred, we will perform a comprehensive or implant examination as indicated.

In all cases, Dr. Cataldo will thoroughly review your medical history. A comprehensive and accurate medical history can provide important information about risk factors and may modify treatment recommendations. Necessary dental films (x-rays) will be taken if not available from your referring dentist.

Our practice utilizes digital radiographs. This state-of-the-art technology enhances our diagnostic ability and reduces radiation to the patient by 30-40% over conventional film based dental x-rays.

With all examinations, after treatment recommendations are made, Dr. Cataldo will contact your dentist by phone, letter, fax, or e-mail to ensure all parties are completely informed.

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